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Grey power in the new battle of Britain: why older voters will be crucial | Gaby Hinsliff | Opinion | The Guardian
It’s breathtakingly cynical stuff – if you want the EU to stay out of domestic elections, don’t make them all about the EU – which can only make future negotiations more difficult. But don’t underestimate how much they’ll cheer in the places it was intended to be heard: golf club bars and Daily Mail-reading households; stout shire villages; and fading seaside towns still drawn to Ukip. This was a speech for Clacton and Skegness, for people old enough to remember a time when we managed fine outside the EU.
Theresa  May  GE2017  Brexit  Tories  Lyndon  Crosby  nasty  party  Conservative  Rentnerrepublik  Triple  Lock  Pension 
may 2017 by asterisk2a
Budget 2017: £2bn for social care and tax rise for self-employed - BBC News
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-39114211 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-39214295 debt going down bc of state asset sales !!! lol like reverse PFI ! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-39203784 Philip Hammon tip-toeing around the issue of self-employment disparieties and exploitation. Damaging welfare state. While at the same time going through w corp tax cut from Osborne, as well as inheritance tax cut, capital gains, banks, ... also tip-toing around the business rate increase w a temporary relieve to the discretion of each council (call that a admin & beaurocracy catastrophe and prone to abuse, why give relive fund money to one and not the other?) & nothing for NHS. And still going ahead with Triple Lock Pension and no housing benefit for young. And still going ahead w cut in real terms of edu budgets. And still going ahead w no parity in mental health RE DWP ESA limit not funding mental health conditions.
HMRC  Philip  Hammond  Theresa  May  Tories  Conservative  Party  nasty  budget  Brexit  NHS  National  Insurance  NI  adult  social  care  elderly  self-employment  tax  evasion  avoidance  Council  Austerity  ageing  population  demographic  bubble  chronic  sick  health  demand  Generationengerechtigkeit  Triple  Lock  Pension  Trickle-down  Housing  Benefit  Crisis  education  policy  IMF  homelessness  homeless  inequality  technological  unemployment  mobility  welfare  state  child  poverty  downward  income  trap  gini  Coefficient  Disabled  JAM  DWP  JSA  ESA  working  poor  squeezed  middle  class  Precariat  zero  hour  contract  part-time  PFI 
march 2017 by asterisk2a
'Parents have been asked to help clean': how budget cuts are affecting schools | Education | The Guardian
Schools in England face a squeeze in funding. We asked how it was impacting on your school – here are the responses we got [...] We can no longer afford books, pencils or computers. [...] The cuts are stopping me doing my job. They are stopping the students from learning. In a time when we should be looking to develop engaging lessons which teach students valuable life skills, I am using 20-year-old textbooks and the kids are copying information from it. It is depressing. I know what a modern curriculum should look like, I know the lessons I would like to teach. I do not have the resources to do it. Eventually this will encourage me to leave. &! https://www.theguardian.com/education/2017/mar/07/headteachers-write-to-parents-over-school-funding-and-job-cuts
UK  Brexit  Austerity  education  policy  IMF  Tories  Conservative  Party  nasty  underinvestment  NHS  grammar  schools  free  Philip  Hammond  JAM  social  mobility  inequality  poverty  trap  Theresa  May  income  attainment  gap  child  childhood  children  taxation  Generationengerechtigkeit  Triple  Lock  Pension  Privatisation  Academy  PISA  tax  evasion  avoidance  welfare  state  downward 
march 2017 by asterisk2a
Budget 2017: Hammond to tell us the Brexit vote could have been worse | Business | The Guardian
consumers carried on spending and businesses continued to expand.

The picture for the public finances is also looking rosier compared with Hammond’s maiden autumn statement in November. [...] But here’s what the chancellor will not tell you: living costs have gone up and will continue to do so. The poorest will be hit hardest as the cost of essentials such as food and heating take a growing chunk out of already tight family budgets. Wages will struggle to match rises in inflation and the government’s benefit cuts mean that incomes will fall for the poorest people in Britain. In short, unless the government does something significant to improve living standards this week, inequality will start rising again.
UK  JAM  working  poor  squeezed  middle  class  Precariat  Theresa  May  Philip  Hammond  Austerity  DWP  HMRC  inflation  wage  growth  social  mobility  inequality  income  Tories  Productivity  child  poverty  trap  output  gap  recovery  GFC  bank  bailout  nasty  party  Conservative  Generationengerechtigkeit  babyboomers  Millennials  generation  rent  living  standard  discretionary  spending  disposable  credit  taxation  household  debt  mortgage  housing  crisis  Consumer  Consumerism  economic  history  neoliberalism  interventionism  crony  capitalism  tax  evasion  avoidance  corporatism  Exploitation  zero  hour  contract  part-time  minimum  generational  divide  Triple  Lock  Pension 
march 2017 by asterisk2a
Number of EU care workers in UK surges | Society | The Guardian
The number of non-British EU nationals working in the UK’s crisis-stricken social care system has shot up by more than 40% in three years, according to official figures – prompting fears that Brexit will lead to a catastrophic staffing crisis across the sector.
NHS  elderly  care  adult  social  EEA  Brexit  immigration  VISA  Tories  Austerity  Nurse  Bursaries  nasty  Party  Conservative  Jeremy  Hunt  Council  Simon  Stevens  STP  ageing  population  demographic  bubble  Triple  Lock  Pension  chronic  sick 
february 2017 by asterisk2a
UK faces return to inequality of Thatcher years, says report | Business | The Guardian
Pressure on the government to help struggling Britons has intensified after a leading thinktank warned that falling living standards for the poor threatened the biggest rise in inequality since Margaret Thatcher was prime minister.

The Resolution Foundation said Theresa May would need to make good on her pledge to support “just about managing” households as it released a report showing that rising inflation and an end to recent strong jobs growth would hit the least well-off hardest.
UK  Brexit  Austerity  tax  credit  Tories  JAM  nasty  party  Conservative  poverty  fuel  working  poor  Precariat  zero  hour  contract  Contractor  Self-Employment  gig  Economy  1099  part-time  social  mobility  income  distribution  redistribution  squeezed  middle  class  technological  unemployment  underemployed  underemployment  trap  education  policy  public  health  inequality  Food  Bank  gini  Coefficient  Triple  Lock  Pension  JSA  ESA  DWP  minimum  wage  taxation  evasion  avoidance  HMRC  NHS  inflation  living  standard  disposable  discretionary  spending  Card  consumer  debt  household  underinvestment  skills  skill-biased  Productivity  output  gap  downward  upward  Theresa  May  George  Osborne  David  Cameron  Philip  Hammond 
february 2017 by asterisk2a
Hard Brexit means retiring later, Britons warned | UK news | The Guardian
Drastic cuts to migration will skew the ratio of working-age people to pensioners, delaying pension payments, modelling for the Guardian shows [...] Rises in the state pension age are already anticipated as a result of increased life expectancy and large numbers of baby boomers retiring. But further delays to pension payments will be necessary if current levels of immigration, which sustains the country’s old age dependency ratio, are not maintained, the Oxford university work indicates. [...] John Cridland, the former CBI director who is reviewing the state pension age, told a recent conference run by the International Longevity Centre UK that the affordability of the state pension into the future had been made uncertain by “the Brexit factor”.
Brexit  immigration  Demographic  bubble  pension  scheme  deficit  babyboomers  budget  triple  lock  ageing  population 
january 2017 by asterisk2a
Huge rise in hospital beds in England taken up by people with malnutrition | Society | The Guardian
Critics blame three-fold rise on poverty, cutbacks to meals on wheels services for the elderly and inadequate social care [...] Critics have said the upward trend is a result of rising poverty, deep cutbacks in recent years to meals on wheels services for the elderly and inadequate social care support, especially for older people.
NHS  England  Crisis  Austerity  triple  lock  pension  elderly  care  adult  social  Council  bed  blocking  food  poverty  bank  UK  Tories  Conservative  Party  nasty  George  Osborne  David  Cameron  Jeremy  Hunt  Simon  Stevens  Philip  Hammond  Theresa  May 
november 2016 by asterisk2a
Jeremy Corbyn suggests 9.5 million could be denied access to NHS under proposal to force patients to show passports | The Independent
Ms May, appearing in the Commons ahead of the Autumn Statement, added:  "We can only afford to pay for the National Health Service and social care if we have a strong economy creating wealth - and that's precisely what you're going to hear from the Chancellor of the Exchequer in a few minutes' time." //&! http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/pa/article-3964726/Corbyn-hits-May-distracting-impractical-NHS-proposals.html//&! nothing in Autumn Statement 2016 to alleviate elderly adult social care and NHS deficit - https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/nov/24/andrew-lansley-chides-chancellor-lack-of-nhs-and-social-care-funding?
NHS  Austerity  Privatisation  triple  lock  pension  ageing  population  sick  demographic  bubble  Crisis  nasty  party  health  care  demand  cancer  CVD  diabetes  Tories  Conservative  David  Cameron  George  Osborne  Theresa  May  Sugar  Tax  Philip  Hammond  meat  alcohol  tobacco 
november 2016 by asterisk2a
Scots face 'pensions timebomb' says report (From Herald Scotland)
SCOTS are facing a pensions timebomb with few people saving enough for a comfortable retirement.

New research has found that the average working age person faces a £435,000 shortfall in their pension pot if they want to retirement to meet their expectations.

The first ever Brewin Dolphin Family Wealth Report found that the average person considers an income of £26,000 to be adequate to meet their needs after leaving work.
UK  savings  rate  retirement  pension  Triple  Lock  Altersarmut 
november 2016 by asterisk2a
No end in sight: more austerity for the poor and disabled - YouTube
DWP is asking NHS (CRISIS, active rationing, months long wait lists), public services, community services to support chronically ill MORE! to be able, eventually, possibly, go to work in any capacity. ie part time. to reduce welfare bill. scroungers bill. feckless bill. // [ instead should get qualified ppl in HMRC to hunt down tax evasion and avoidance, duh! ] THUS shows it is ideological. // bc track record so far w private (and public) companies to get the feckless and scroungers into full-time gainful above minimum wage/working poor, has failed! failed miserably. they think there is a huge gap, where there is not (similar to output gap). // TRIPLE LOCK PENSION! SEEMS TO STAY AT LEAST TILL 2020. // & https://youtu.be/Z8fQ2G5TWBU - Ken Lochar "turning working poor and unemployed against each other." &! https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/oct/31/sick-pay-and-work-assessments-to-be-reviewed-jeremy-hunt-reveals
DWP  Concentrix  privatisation  WCA  Universal  Credit  Triple  Lock  Pension  Damian  Green  Theresa  May  George  Osborne  David  Cameron  Austerity  Disabled  JSA  ESA  UK  long-term  unemployment  structural  low  pay  minimum  wage  working  poor 
november 2016 by asterisk2a
"On contact" with Chris Hedges (Episode 14) w Mark Blyth - YouTube
austerity works for those, who impose it. middle class and pood paying for the debt and bailouts they were not responsible for. // [...] when you shut down the casino economy. where is growth coming from? wage growth, productivity, investment, ... to pay those debts ... by the 80% who bailed out the 20%. current authoritarian depotism populism demagoge does not have the policy/answers. to make the economy work for the 80% so they can pay/serve their debt obligations. [...] young ppl in debt like never before, will not achieve life their parents had. [..] public scared of idea if you change fiscal policy ie tax raise and public investment you make it worse. [...] italy has not grown more than 1% since joined the euro.
Mark  Blyth  Austerity  bank  bailout  UK  George  Osborne  inequality  poverty  wage  growth  Fiscal  Pact  Schuldenbremse  reflate  WallStreet  Mainstreet  Economic  History  USA  European  Union  working  poor  credit  card  household  debt  car  loan  auto  property  bubble  squeezed  middle  class  Brexit  Precariat  1%  10%  20%  plutocracy  Super  Rich  book  welfare  social  security  Triple  Lock  Pension  neoliberalism  neoliberal 
october 2016 by asterisk2a
Welcome to Poundland, where life is bliss if you’re a foreign buyer | Andrew Rawnsley | Opinion | The Guardian
The dramatic plunge in the value of sterling is an early indicator of the price to be paid for Brexit [...] Remainers who had warned that divorcing the EU would unleash severe economic shocks were left looking a bit foolish because those consequences did not materialise immediately. The Outers had a success during the referendum in persuading many voters to ignore the “so-called” experts on the other side and their cautions that there would be a steep bill to pay. [...] If making your currency cheaper was the route to riches, our streets ought to be encrusted with diamonds by now. [ it is in policy! ]
Sterling  British  Pound  FX  foreign  exchange  Brexit  inflation  CPI  RPI  Triple  Lock  Pension  Rail  Fares  working  poor  living  standard  wage  growth  devaluation 
october 2016 by asterisk2a

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